DVD Review: SNAKE OUTTA COMPTON

SNAKE OUTTA COMPTON was directed by Hank Braxtan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Tim Johnson, James Kondelik, Jon Kondelik and Ashley Scott Meyers and stars Ricky Flowers, Motown Maurice,  Donte Essien, Aurelia Michael, Arielle Brachfeld and Joston Theney.

A young rap group suddenly finds themselves up against a giant, mutated snake that threatens to destroy their search for stardom! Aided by two corrupt cops, a crazed gangster, and a mad scientist, the band has one thing to do before getting the record deal they need – get that motherf–in’ Snake Outta Compton! Prepare yourself for dope beats, unfriendly fire, and the biggest, nastiest snake you’ve ever seen in this outrageous hiss-terical comedy. It’s a great day in South Central: Cam and his hip-hop crew are all set to sign a record deal that could change their lives. But their jealous friend Vurkel wrecks their plans when he creates a giant, mutant snake that quickly lays waste to the city of Compton, eating everyone in its path. Soon Cam, Pinball, Neon, and Beez Neez cook up a crazy scheme to stop the monstrous, munching menace—blow it away by pumping up the jams! This horror-comedy is alive with laughs, thrills, and dope beats.

I think everybody remembers Steve Urkel from the hit sitcom “Family Matters” back in the day, am I right? Well, this horror-comedy follows Vurkel, another nerdy genius who ends up experimenting on one of his pet snakes and mutates it into a giant, slithering – menace to society. See what I did there? He does this so he can get some sweet-ass revenge on the people that have made fun of him and hurt him. This urban creature feature also follows a small group of friends with dreams of becoming famous rappers that has to go up against this massive reptile and its venomous attacks.

There’s also a couple of goofy cops on the case but they’re not much help at all and pretty much have their own cheesy thing going on. Anyway, if the snake bites anyone then they become infected and ultimately mutate into a human-serpent hybrid, and guess what, Vurkel was one of the snake’s first victims so we get to watch him slowly change as the movie plays along. The crazy thing is, the nerd and the snake almost have this uncomfortable romance going on that’s about as silly as everything else happening in the movie. In the end, it’s up to the small group of friends that takes on the snake in an epic rap battle royale and even though they come out victorious, there’s other threats creeping and crawling around the city of Compton that will have to be dealt with.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Snake Outta Compton is definitely going to be an acquired taste for horror fans and fans of the creature features we get these days that follows around a computer animated monster. The plot not only deals with this snake but it also makes fun of stereotypes and is about as silly and over-the-top as anything I’ve seen in a long time but I’m sure that’s what they were going for here. The acting was fair to mediocre at best but some of the lines and gags are what helped get me through this crazy watch. As far as the CGI goes, the snake looks half bad and half good at times but it’s what I expected from a low budget creatue feature like this. Look, we get a whole lot of creature features over the years with most of them dealing with some kind of killer shark or snake but this one right here stands on its own because it’s a unique slice of something weird that’s so bad it’s good. Like I stated up top, this movie is an acquired taste so you’re either going to get a kick out of it or you’re really going to hate it. Personally, I got a kick out of this cheesy urban horror comedy. Snake Outta Compton will be available on DVD on October 23rd.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The only extra on the DVD is some audio commentary with Director Hank Braxtan and Actors Ricky Flowers, Motown Maurice, and Joston Theney

 

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